Corporate & Community Giving
The Arts and Education Council is a unique asset in our community. A&E is our region's only United Arts Fund supported by private contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and community organizations committed to the value and benefit of the arts to our community.
A&E grantees not only produce or present great art, they also maintain viable, impactful arts education and outreach programming for K-12 students throughout the bi-state area. Research continues to show that children who participate in the arts enjoy greater academic success, higher self-esteem, improved discipline, higher graduation rates and broad, creative thinking skills necessary for advancement in the world beyond school.
Find out below how businesses throughout our region support the arts.
When the Arts Thrive, Our City Thrives.
Annual Fund Support
The Arts and Education Council has helped shape a vibrant and diverse cultural community for the St. Louis region since 1963 by raising and distributing over $100 million in private funding for the arts.Learn More
Sponsor the Arts Awards
The St. Louis Arts Awards is the area’s preeminent event honoring individuals, organizations and businesses who achieve a legacy of artistic excellence and enrich St. Louis’ arts and cultural community.Learn More
Named Art Funds
The Arts and Education Council creates unique collaborations with corporations to fund specific projects and initiatives that reach classrooms, communities and populations that might not otherwise have access to the arts.Learn More
What Your Gift Will Do
Because of the continued generosity of companies in our region, over a 50-year span A&E has raised and distributed more than $100 million in support of the arts and arts education benefiting the entire 16 county, bi-state St. Louis area. Each year, nearly 70 arts and arts education organizations receive A&E funding made possible through donations like yours. Those organizations, in turn, create arts experiences and educational opportunities for more than 2 million people in our region - each and every year.
Your financial support helps A&E’s mission to build appreciation, participation and support for arts and arts education throughout the St. Louis community. Through the organizations we fund, children and adults experience music, theater, dance, film, literary arts, visual arts and outreach programs. The thriving arts community we support boosts our local economy and strengthens the creativity, innovation and diversity necessary for a healthy, growing region where people love to live, work, learn and play.
And so, there are a million stories to tell of individuals – adults and children – touched by the arts in some way each year. You can read more about their stories, the arts’ impact on our region’s education and economy and view the organizations your contribution supports in our blog below.Read Our Blog